A loan of $1,075 helped to buy construction materials.

Hortencia Luz's story

Hortencia is 59 years of age and lives in Duran. She has a business in her home where she makes and sells clothes. She started this business at a very young age when she learned how to sew, as she wanted to help by contributing to her family.

For the past 12 years Hortencia has had a private business making clothes, which has given good results. As she is separated from her husband, she is responsible for her children and this business is her way of life. She works alone as her customers like her work and prefer her, so this ensures better quality. She makes all kinds of clothing such as shirts, suits, dresses and uniforms, depending on what her customers request.

Hortencia says that she lives alone now as her children are adults and have their own families. Right now her main problem is the competition she has, and she therefore gives the best service so that her customers return. She plans to use the loan to buy construction materials to improve her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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